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Further Proof That Hockey Players Aren’t Smart

This week’s SI Players Poll:

This poll was taken from 324 NHL players:

1. Alex Ovechklin, Capitals LW-51%
2. Nicklas Lidstrom-Red Wings D-11%
3. Evgeni Malkin, Penguins C-7%
4. Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings C-7%
5. Jarome Iginla, Flames RW-5%
6. Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings C-5%

Poll was completed just before the playoffs, and players could not vote for a teammate. Penguins C Sidney Crosby tied for eighth (1.9), Devils G Martin Brodeur also at 1.9% was the only goalie among the 13 players who got multiple votes.

Where to start. First off, the best player in the world tied for 8th. The Sidney Crosby haters are just ridiculous. Does the guy whine and talk to the refs? Of course. Guess what. He’s the captain. That’s his job. And people act like no one else complains to the refs. Watch a penalty get called one time, it’s ridiculous. The best players across all sports all complain because they want whatever edge they can get. Crosby is the best skater in the league, close to the best stickhandler, he’s a great passer, excellent in his own end, and as you have seen these playoffs, can put the puck in the net. Crosby also has probably the best hockey IQ on Earth. If you watch a Pens game he is just playing a different game out there than everyone else. He frequently is a step ahead of everyone else, it’s amazing.

Listen: Is Ovechkin the best scorer? Yes of course he is. But there are two halves to a hockey rink. If you don’t contribute on one end you don’t get to be called the best player in the world* (which is why I wouldn’t have Nick Lidstrom up there either). Calling Ovechkin a better hockey player than Crosby is akin to calling Ryan Howard a better baseball player than Albert Pujols. And no one on Earth would do that.

Also, personally I think Henrik Zetterberg is better than Datsyuk, but I understand I am in the minority there, and I can see the argument. Datsyuk is a flashier player than Z and thus gets noticed more. He’s very talented in his own right so no major qualms there.

Lastly, Zach Parise absolutely should be on this list. He was second in goals in the regular season, and he passes better than Ovechkin and is much much much better in his own end.

And Marty Brodeur as the only goalie? He is good, that’s for sure, but if he wouldn’t have had hall of fame defensemen in front of him, plus the playing style that killed hockey, I’d love to see where he’d be on the all-time wins list. He is no way, no how the best goalie in hockey right now.

I think we can mark this under “Hockey Player Fail”

*other than goalies of course

Categories: NHL
  1. dax
    May 22, 2009 at 9:43 am

    They are toothless, ruthless and jealous. Sid could score almost as many goals as Alex if he wanted to, anyone seen the playoffs so far? He does what he has to do to win which involves more then just goal scoring. Alex will not win anything but scoring titles. He is like Allen Iverson.

  2. May 22, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I think we have a new favorite commenter award.

  3. critter
    June 6, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    you are seriously trying to say that one of the best defenders in the NHL (Lidstrom) who received the James Norris Memorial Trophy 6 times is not a solid candidate for the best hockey player? Like you said there are two sides to a rink, so why should only the dominant offensive players be considered in your opinion eligible. Lidstrom is the best all around defenseman 6 out of less than ten years…I think that qualifies him as one of the top players in the world, easily top 5.

  4. June 24, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    It’s because other players hate Crosby for being a “whiner” … whatever, he’s the best in the world.

  1. May 22, 2009 at 12:02 am
  2. May 22, 2009 at 7:43 am

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